Susie Youssef Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Was that question inspired by every conversation I’ve had with my mother in the lead up to Fringe? (She’s actually very supportive. We’re both delusional) I’m bothering because I absolutely love the city and the Fringe. I’ve toured with the Axis of Awesome before but this will be the first time I’m bringing my own show and I can not wait!

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

 A big nugget is my family but another large nugget is the checklist I’ve carried with me since I was a kid and how it changed my life as an adult who still very much feels like a kid. My grandmother is a wonderful storyteller and a very sassy 91 year old Lebanese woman – she definitely inspired one of the characters in the show…

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Last year I saw Tom Parry’s solo show “Yellow T-Shirt” and it was the most delightful, hilarious hour I’ve spent at Fringe to date. Second place goes to Sirqus Alfon (Fringe 2009) who performed a cover of “Purple Rain” whilst standing on a double bass. Magic.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

 Every hangover since I was 25, I made this wish.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Box office staff.  And makers of soup and whiskey – they’re not exactly in the industry but they are certainly the reason I still am.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Tom Walker – This clown is too funny. It hurts.

Rhys Nicholson – I have already seen this show (several times) and it is perfect.

Felicity Ward – I adored her show last year.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why? 

Anyone who feels they’re odd and/or alone and/or anxious and/or wonder if a jar is too many dill pickles for dinner. There exists at least two of us.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

 I literally can’t do it without you, audience. I could but it would be a rehearsal. It will be much more fun if you come. It’s stand up and sketch and improv and slightly different every night – undisciplined? Maybe. Worth a shot? Definitely.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Climb Arthur’s Seat with someone who has the same fitness level and leg length as you.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

All the dead chefs. Even at an imaginary after-life dinner party I don’t trust my own celestial cooking skills.

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